Engineering by Interface-Z (Francis Bras & Sandrine Chiri)
Programming by Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachev
The principal feature of the Human Being is his desire to communicate, to create links, to exchange ideas, to discover. Since forever, people have been in constant movement. First they met nearby tribes, later established connections with other countries and continents. Bringing along their culture and tools and exchanging them with others, they enriched themselves and this process was expressed in technological and spiritual development. It has not always been this way, but the artist wants to focus now on their endeavor for enlightenment illumination. One of the sweetest dreams of mankind was to meet other intelligent life.
There are a lot of legends and myths devoted to this subject. Recently, scientists published their hypothesis that very soon they would have to discover a planet that will have very similar life conditions to ours. This installation is the “landing field” at the University of Venice.
To mark it, the author uses a sign – containing two shapes: circle and triangle – the ‘PLAY’ pictogram. The meaning of it is known to everyone and understandable for any intelligence: to start action. It is like an invitation for the aliens to land and open a new era together with humans. Its shape will be cut in lawn grass and can stay there throughout the summer. In the evening, when it becomes dark, the sign could be lit by the viewer breathing into the flow detector that will be installed on a podium right in front of the grass’ pictogram. For this purpose, the the LED lamp strip is used, it placed around the shape. It will be invisible during the daytime and begin functioning in the night.
Alexandra Dementieva (Александра Дементьева) (born 1960, Moscow, USSR) is an artist who has been creating works of electronic, video, interactive and installation art since 1992.
Studied journalism and fine arts in Moscow (USSR) and Brussels (Belgium). Her principal interest as an artist is the use of social psychology, perception theory and behaviorism in her installations as well as the development of film narration through the point of view of a subjective camera. She has been an active participant of the CYLAND Media Art Lab since 2008. Professor at the Royal Academy of Arts (Brussels, Belgium). Dementieva received the first prize for the best monochannel video at VAD Festival (Girona, Spain). She is a participant of numerous exhibitions in major Russian and international cultural institutions, including Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City, Mexico) and others. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.